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Rockland Maine’s Old Granite Inn

September 28th, 2022

I was sitting in a local café one fine summer day, gazing upon the black and white photos on the wall of a bygone era of the historic Main Street. There used to be an electric trolley line down the main drag, and the gossip is they are bringing it back. I can see Peyton Place in the frozen-in-time snapshots. Rockland is still a great place to live. Main Street is now on the National Register of Historic Places, with most of the old brick buildings housing ice cream shops, bookstores, cafés and bars, museums and art galleries. Rockland is a wonderful place to visit in the summer — just for all those farm fresh flavors of ice cream!

But beneath the surface, the community has a lot going for it. MBNA moved into town and is the main employer, the largest privately owned credit card issuer is the U.S., with their corporate restored stark white Greek Revivalist-style headquarters near the water, giving it a campus-like feel. It is fun to walk around Rockland, to view the old mansions and buildings; duck into a canoe and dory building shop to see dense, white Maine cedar turned into a recreational work of art.

One place not to be missed is the Farnsworth Art Museum, rather museums. Farnsworth is a respected name in Rockland, and you will find a three-story art gallery museum in the old bank building on Main Street, and then a few blocks to the back is the magnificent Pirate Museum (entrance $7).

The Pirate Museum is a vast collection of dramatic seafaring oil paintings, mostly create by the notable Wyeths (The museum is known as the Wyeth Center.), a three generational collection of their canvases that portrays the days of yore and lore on the high seas. Rockland still maintains its links to windjammers and packet boats. Many summertime windjammers load up a cargo of tourists for cruises through the Penobscot Bay islands. Later in the day I watched ferry boats load trucks and cars for the largest island, Vinalhaven, where in the past much of the famous Maine granite was quarried.